Moses had a very close relationship with God during his wilderness service. 80-120 years old during this stressful time, he had learned dependence on God. Speaking to God often in the Tent of Meeting as a friend (Exodus 33:11), it might be assumed he received regular instructions from Him as to His plans for the people. (May we also pray for such direct and clear guidance for our personal service!). He was then invited to come up again onto Mt. Sinai to see God and to receive a new, replacement copy of the 10 Commandments. After 40 days with God, Moses descended to his flock, his face shining brightly from contact with the Living God. (Exodus 34:29) Applying in his day this same historical image, Paul later said, “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory (“with ever-increasing glory” NIV), just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” NASB
Perhaps this glorious reflection of the presence of God was the answer to Moses’ prayer in 33:16, “For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Thy sight, I and Thy people? Is it not by Thy going with us, so that we, I and Thy people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” The time we spend in awestruck worship of God, learning to earnestly desire only His will, will change us. It will be an attractive thing that can draw them to seek and to worship God.
An example of this effect in two of Jesus’ disciples: “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16
We are the light of the world, not to be hidden under a bushel.